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Jessica Yuuki Ando, Display Typeface Design (A to Z)

MACON — In their biggest win yet, Mercer University’s graphic design students earned nine 2023 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA.

“It’s a wonderful honor to have so many Mercer design students selected for their talent and hard work,” said Tennille Shuster, associate professor and director of the graphic design program. “To be recognized for the third year in a row, with an increasing number of winners each year, is a real testament to the quality of our growing program.”

Representing a sampling of coursework from the program, this year’s winning projects included typography, illustration, brand identity design, animation and poster design projects.

Mercer’s graphic design program 2023 GDUSA winners:

  • Jessica Yuuki Ando, Display Typeface Design (A to Z)
  • Ashley Curtis, Kinetic Typography Project
  • Diana Dupuis, BEAR Day Undergraduate Student Symposium Poster
  • Abby Sugg, Display Typeface Design (A to Z)
  • Sydney Walker, Display Typeface Design (A to Z)
  • William Starley, Pattern Design
  • Carlee Schmelzer, Social Issue Poster
  • Finn Curry, Social Issue Poster
  • Carly Curran, Stationery System

According to GDUSA, the American Graphic Design Awards is their flagship contest open to everyone in the community: design firms and studios, ad and creative agencies, inhouse departments, freelancers, students and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds, including print, packaging, p-o-p, internet, interactive and video. 

About Mercer University 

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With approximately 9,000 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges, on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties, Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals – Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center and Piedmont Macon Medical Center in Macon; Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah; and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital and St. Francis-Emory Healthcare in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer Medicine, the clinical faculty practice of the School of Medicine, is based in Macon and operates additional clinics in Sumter, Peach, Clay, Putnam and Harris counties. Mercer is one of only 293 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

About Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)

For 60 years — since 1963 to be exact — Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has been a source of news and information for graphic designers and the broader creative community. GDUSA covers news, people, project, trends, technology, products and services. In addition to the print magazine, the brand now encompasses a 50,000 visitor-a-month website, a monthly e-newsletter to 60,000+ e-subscribers, a digital edition of the magazine, and several national design competitions that culminate in showcases of the best in Graphic Design, Package Design, Web Design, Inhouse Design, and Health+Wellness Design.